Student and staff delight at Dynamic DNA demonstration

Posted by uatemp13 at Sep 27, 2012 11:05 AM |
Year 9 students praise Genetics Extravaganza
Student and staff delight at Dynamic DNA demonstration

Young students getting involved in 1 of over 20 fun DNA-themed activities as part of 'Dynamic DNA'

Year 9 school children from local and regional schools have been getting involved in more than 20 DNA-related activities during a 'Genetics Extravaganza' run by the University, known as Dynamic DNA.

Organised by Dr Cas Kramer from GENIE, the University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Genetics, Dynamic DNA is GENIE’s flagship outreach event, which has been running successfully since 2006 and this year accommodated approximately 600 eager young students. 

Dynamic DNA 2012 was held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th September, and was organised as a joint Genome Theme / ReSULT Theme Public Engagement event by the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.

Running large-scale outreach events like Dynamic DNA is only possible with the help of many volunteers. During this event, GENIE had some 40 helpers from within the Department of Genetics, and postgraduate students and staff from the Departments of Biochemistry and Geology also helped out, as did enthusiastic postgraduate students from the MRC Toxicology unit. Many undergraduates also joined in the fun.

Staff and students had a fantastic day, responding positively to the high standard of learning coupled with fun, informative and accessible activities. Inspiring young students with engaging and educational activities can have a serious influence on their future aspirations, and by learning in the practical way that GENIE provides, many young students will be motivated to pursue scientific careers.

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